British Victorian Women's Periodicals: Beauty, Civilization, and Poetry

Hardcover | March 15, 2009

byKathryn Ledbetter

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British Victorian Women’s Periodicals explores themes and patterns of poetry publication in a variety of women's periodicals published throughout the Victorian era to answer questions about taste, style, and the significance of poetry to our understanding of women’s lives in the nineteenth century.  Ledbetter shows how the periodical’s advice about maintaining or acquiring social respectability through appropriate fashion, good behavior, and regulation of the household is seamlessly integrated with poetry that aimed to inspire, teach, and cultivate feeling. This book questions traditional evaluations of nineteenth-century sentimental poetry, and argues for a consideration of women’s poetry within its own cultural milieu. 

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British Victorian Women’s Periodicals explores themes and patterns of poetry publication in a variety of women's periodicals published throughout the Victorian era to answer questions about taste, style, and the significance of poetry to our understanding of women’s lives in the nineteenth century.  Ledbetter shows how the periodical’s...

Kathryn Ledbetter is Associate Professor of English at Texas State University-San Marcos.  She is author of Tennyson and Victorian Periodicals: Commodities in Context and “Colour’d Shadows”: Contexts in Publishing, Printing, and Reading Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers (with Terence Hoagwood, Palgrave Macmillan).  She is edito...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:252 pages, 8.58 × 5.71 × 0.74 inPublished:March 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Introduction: The Necessity of Poetry in Victorian Women’s Magazines * Representing Feminine Power and Work * Reluctant Prophets:  Moral Themes and Exhortations * Encoding Beauty * Editors and Magazine Poets * Conclusion: Why Poetry?

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“Kathryn Ledbetter’s scholarship in British Victorian Women’s Periodicals is thorough and comprehensive, made more compelling by the clear style and measured tone of her writing: the book creates a momentum better experienced from beginning to end than in separate chapters.  Her achievement is in reconstituting Victorian women’s periodicals for contemporary scholars, reclaiming them not only for intellectual scrutiny but for intellectual pleasure as well.”—Wordsworth Circle"Ledbetter makes a compelling case for evaluating women's periodicals with fresh eyes...She accomplishes much of great value here for scholars of Victorian literature, gender studies, periodical history, poetry, and media studies"--Kimberly J. Stern, Scholar in Residence in the Deptartment of English, Duke University, NBOL-19 “Wide-ranging and rich in implication, British Victorian Women's Periodicals contributes to publishing history, women's studies, and cultural studies. What Ledbetter provides is in part a documentary history of women's lives and reading practices and in part a materialist literary history that presents the poetic careers of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Grace Aguilar, and a host of other women poets in a new light.  She makes a spirited case that women's periodicals formed a site of power rather than mere indoctrination for its women readers, and that latter-day scholars must approach this popular literature on its own terms.”—Linda K. Hughes, Addie Levy Professor of Literature, Texas Christian University  "Ledbetter sees poetry and women's magazines as creating a center of power for women, particularly in the religious civilizing role that the Victorian domestic ideology prescribed for them . . . A valuable resource for students of 19th-century British literature, culture, and history. Summing Up: Recommended."--Choice